Social Worker

Alcohol Abuse and Chemical Dependencies


   Credits
4.75 CE credit hours training
   Cost
$25.00
   Source
Rachel Werner
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Target audience and instructional level of this voice: intermediate

Course Description

This course offers a comprehensive view of alcohol and substance use. Cultural attitudes and legal sanctions are addressed. Bio-psychosocial issues will be addressed as well has gender issues related to cause and effect of alcohol/substance abuse. Different types of drugs are addressed as well as their addictive qualities and medical implications. Assessment, intervention and behavioral modalities are included in this comprehensive training on alcohol and chemical dependency training.
What is alcoholism?

Alcoholism is also known as "alcohol dependence." It is a disease that includes alcohol craving and continued drinking despite repeated alcohol-related problems, such as losing a job or getting into trouble with the law. Alcoholism includes four symptoms:

Craving--A strong need, or compulsion, to drink.

Impaired control--The inability to limit one's drinking on any given occasion.

Physical dependence--Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety, when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking.

Tolerance--The need for increasing amounts of alcohol in order to feel its effects.

Why is alcoholism now considered a disease?

Alcoholism is now accepted as a disease. It is a chronic and often progressive disease. Like many diseases, it has symptoms that include a strong need to drink despite negative consequences, such as serious job or health problems. Like many diseases, it has a ge


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